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Graphic of Air Force Medical Service History & Heritage


Historical Documents

Please contact the Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs Office and specify the publication you are interested in receiving. A .pdf version will be provided.

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Relation of the Army Air Forces to Medical Service Command, Aug. 20, 1945

Policy concerning the interaction between the Army Air Forces leadership and the Air Surgeon, signed by Gen Henry Arnold, Army Air Forces Commanding General.

Memo Regarding the Air Force Medical Service, 1948

Justification for the establishment of a medical service distinct from the Army and Navy, signed by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, General Hoyt Vandenberg.

General Order #35, June 8, 1949

Order authorizing the establishment of the Air Force Medical Service, signed by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, General Hoyt Vandenberg.

Report of the Medical Service, July 1, 1949 - 30 Nov. 30, 1949

The first AFMS History Report, including organization and function, written by Maj. Gen. Malcolm Grow.

The Necessity for an Organic Medical Service Within the United States Air Force, 1950

Letter in Opposition to an attempt to abolish the newly-founded independence of the AFMS, by Maj. Gen. Harry G. Armstrong.